Off My List: Beautiful Lake Tahoe

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“To breathe the same air as angels, you must go to Tahoe”

                                 -Mark Twain

There is almost no place I would rather be than Lake Tahoe, most preferably during the summer.  I am allergic to snow and couldn’t ski to save my own life, but if I must endure weather cold enough to cause snowflakes to fall, please let it be there.  Even with the ever-increasing traffic, crowds and insane amount of land development, Lake Tahoe is nature’s crown jewel of all California and Nevada vacation destinations. 22 miles long and 12 miles at its widest point, Lake Tahoe is home to the clearest, coldest deep blue water west of the Rocky Mountains. In the summertime, there are so many things to see and do that it takes about 5 minutes to plan a week’s worth of vacation time with interesting activities.

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We just spent a week on the west shore of Tahoe in Tahoma, a little village near Homewood founded in 1916.  The name was formed by combining the words “Tahoe” and “home”, which pretty much sums up how I feel about the place.  Nestled between Homewood and the Sugar Pine Point State Park, Tahoma is a quiet retreat from the busy hotels and casinos on the South and North Shores, but is also only 15 minute drive from Tahoe City.

We stay in a private residence when visiting there and are fortunate to have access to a private beach, pier and an old speed boat.  This year we were amazed to see a huge difference in the water level due to the abundant rain & snowfall this past winter. I didn’t actually measure the dock posts, but guessing from these pictures, the lake looks to be about 6 feet higher in this location:

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July 2, 2016
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July 2, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you also can see, there is a huge difference in photo quality between my regular camera (2016) and the one taken by the camera in my iPhone 6 (2017)!

When not taking photos of everything, lazily reading on the pier, or happily touring the lake on the boat you can probably find me at:

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View of Chambers Bar from Chambers Restaurant July 4th, 2017

Chambers Landing

Chambers Landing houses the oldest bar on Lake Tahoe, established in 1877.  It’s also the only place you can buy an alcoholic drink out on the lake- you absolutely gotta love a bar you can access by boat (yes, you can dock it there while visiting).  Always a popular destination for fun seekers of all ages, in more recent years affluent young hipsters from all over the map began descending in droves for cocktails on the pier. Every July 4th Chambers’ pier and decks are packed with celebration-loving revelers; lots of sunscreen is recommended for the wait in line to get a drink.  Order the delicious blended Chambers Punch or a Mai Tai on the rocks and bask in the sun alongside the tanned, toned, buzzed and barely dressed.

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Lucy & Julia enjoy the view from Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

Located in Homewood, Eagle Rock is an eroded dormant volcano that juts out majestically 250 feet over Highway 89.  The trail parking is small yet conveniently located right on the side of the highway, the trailhead is just north of the lot, and after a moderate 20 minute hike you can find yourself standing atop a gigantic rock that boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.  Fitting this hike into your west shore vacation plans is a no-brainer, as its convenient location and minimal time investment almost effortlessly provide gorgeous visual payoffs.

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Second deck harbor view from Hacienda del Lago

Tahoe City Boatworks

We like to make sure to hit the Boatworks Mall at least once per trip either for dinner at Jakes (pricey but reliably good, with outdoor lakeside dining), lunch at Hacienda del Lago (great Mexican cuisine on the lake, also with outdoor lakeside dining) and a bit of shopping.  Although Fine N Funky has recently moved a bit further west from its longtime Boatworks Mall location to downtown Tahoe City on North Lake Blvd, you can still browse the cute t-shirt shop, toy store and fine jewelers.

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Looking toward Tahoe City from Tahoma

We didn’t get to spend much time as we would have liked to soaking up the sights on the North Shore, so another Tahoe post will surely follow.  What are your favorite things to do at Lake Tahoe?  Lets meet at Chambers Landing for a drink and discuss!

©2017 Lisa Ihnken All Rights Reserved


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